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IDRC funds research activities that are designed to directly benefit developing countries and their citizens. Our approach focuses on collaborative partnerships and projects proposed by research institutions and individuals. 
 
To build a critical mass of knowledge in our priority areas, we fund individual research projects as well as larger research programs in collaboration with other donors.
 
We mainly support developing-country researchers. There are opportunities, however, for joint research projects between developing-country institutions and Canadian or international researchers and institutions. Our Canadian Partnerships program also supports research and related activities at Canadian institutions.
 
We also offer fellowships and awards to both Canadian and developing-country graduate students.
 
For more information, click on the category below that applies to you:
 

Latest Results

Increasingly, popular sites such as Wikipedia, the world's largest free source of information, shape our understanding of the world. But researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute have found that the online encyclopedia is not always the...
Middle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaOnline community source of new knowledge, practices for Africa's small-scale farmersTransforming the legacy of mass atrocities: Collecting evidence at the community levelEvaluating water and sanitation training in Peru and NepalEmergency medicine program targets "brain drain" in Ethiopia

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For many rural Africans, radio is a key channel to news, information, and knowledge. For small-scale farmers who have limited or no access to other media such as newspapers, television, or the Internet, radio is an essential part of their daily...
Middle East and North Africa contribute less to Wikipedia Online community source of new knowledge, practices for Africa's small-scale farmersTransforming the legacy of mass atrocities: Collecting evidence at the community levelEvaluating water and sanitation training in Peru and NepalEmergency medicine program targets "brain drain" in Ethiopia

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The International Center for Transitional Justice defines transitional justice as the “the set of judicial and non-judicial measures…to redress the legacies of massive human rights abuses. These measures include criminal prosecution, truth...
Middle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaOnline community source of new knowledge, practices for Africa's small-scale farmers Transforming the legacy of mass atrocities: Collecting evidence at the community levelEvaluating water and sanitation training in Peru and NepalEmergency medicine program targets "brain drain" in Ethiopia

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​In many rural and peri-urban areas around the world, water used for human consumption is being contaminated with human pathogens, heavy metals, and other dissolved compounds. As a result, millions of families lack access to safe water. Families...
Middle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaOnline community source of new knowledge, practices for Africa's small-scale farmersTransforming the legacy of mass atrocities: Collecting evidence at the community level Evaluating water and sanitation training in Peru and NepalEmergency medicine program targets "brain drain" in Ethiopia

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Over the last three decades, 4,000 doctors have left Ethiopia for specialized training abroad. But very few return home to practice their specialty. Now, thanks to the Toronto-Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM)...
Middle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaOnline community source of new knowledge, practices for Africa's small-scale farmersTransforming the legacy of mass atrocities: Collecting evidence at the community levelEvaluating water and sanitation training in Peru and Nepal Emergency medicine program targets "brain drain" in Ethiopia
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IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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